White US Officer Who Killed Black Unarmed Man Won't Face Federal Charges
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Justice Department announced that they will not be pursuing justice for Dontre Hamilton, a schizophrenic black man shot 14 times by a white Milwaukee police officer last year.
It's a decision that the Hamilton family is not happy with, Fox News reports.
In a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, following the DOJ's announcement, the Hamilton family expressed disgust with the criminal justice system and its findings.
The family is disappointed and frustrated after waiting months for a decision they feel was extremely delayed.
The decision came more than 18 months after Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee -- and more than 10-and-a-half months after the federal review was launched.
Former Officer Christopher Manney, who was fired from the department, had been called to the park over a report of Hamilton sleeping there. His family has maintained that while he was mentally ill, he was not violent and would not have posed a threat to anyone.
Dontre Hamilton's loved ones say they want to take the events that occurred in this case and use those events as a catalyst for a community uprising.
"I am so fed up," Nate Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton's brother said on Tuesday afternoon, when addressing the media following the DOJ's decision.
Nate Hamilton spoke on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee. He stood with his mother Maria, attorney and several supporters, who share his frustration.
"No more should die. If one more unarmed black man dies in this country -- I say every black man and brown men and women come out your house. Take to the streets. Never go to sleep. Continue to fight. Continue to press on," Nate Hamilton said.
Nate Hamilton has encouraged the community to join his family's fight.
"I will show a constant display of disgust with every form of law enforcement that doesn`t get it right," Nate Hamilton said. "Our family has been denied justice -- but we prepared ourselves. They try to be sympathetic, but at the same time, try to be real blunt about how hard it will be to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this officer did do and commit a crime."
The Hamilton family wants their supporters to turn pity into persistence.
"He did not die in vain. He awakened the family. He gave strength to a brother. He gave courage to a mother. We are going to express that throughout our community," Nate Hamilton said.